I am born and raised near the beach of the West Coast of Denmark. So i feel like am qualified to answer this question for you.
Are there any beaches in Denmark? Almost the entire country of Denmark is surrounded by beaches. The coastline of Denmark is 7314 kilometers according to The World Factbook, which makes it the 16th largest coastline in the world, even though Denmark is a small country at the 130th place by area size.
So, when i say i grew up close to a beach, you might figure that, so did a lot of the Danish population.
When you visit the beaches of Denmark there is some safety information that you have to know.
Read on as I explain more about the best beaches of Denmark, and the Safety knowledge you need!
Are there any beaches in Denmark?
There is actually a lot of beach in Denmark, as mentioned above, almost the entire country is surrounded by a beach. In Denmark you will find more than 7.300 kilometers of beach, that translates to more than 4500 miles of beach.
One of the smallest countries.
Even though Denmark is one of the worlds smallest countries, at the 130th place in area-size according to Wikipedia, with the Vatican City State at 196th place and with Russia at the first place.
Denmark has the 16th largest coastline in the world.
I heard the other day on the radio, that we officially just crossed 5,8 million people in the total population. So when I tell you that I grew up near the beaches in Denmark, you might imagine, that so did a lot of people.
But as everything is relative, I grew up relatively close to the beach. If you read this as an American, growing up in one of the center-states, Nebraska, Iowa or something, then you might have thousands of miles to the nearest beach.
As Denmark is, from end to end, approximately 350 km or 220 miles, then you might figure that, when I say close to the beach, it is in a cycling distance of about 10 km. Today I actually live about 1 km from a beach.
I grew up at the west side of Denmark and the beaches on the west side of Denmark could be for tourists somewhat dangerous here is what I mean
Nice Beaches, but quite dangerous currents
The West side of Denmark is plagued by currents strong. Currents that each year take the lives of visiting tourists, especially from Germany. The Germans are mostly used to small and safe Lakes, and in Denmark, we have strong currents in the west side of the ocean.
Does that mean that Denmark is a dangerous place for families to visit? Not at all!
Fun fact, in this lovely country, one of the smallest in the world, you will find approx 1.2% of the entire beaches in the world. There is, according to nasa.gov approximately 620,000 kilometers of beach in the world.
If the weather were only a bit nicer in Denmark, I bet that we would be one of the worlds most visited vacation and holiday spots.
Do you want to know more facts about Denmark? Check out this article.
The difference between beaches, at the West and East side of Denmark?
In the East Coast of Denmark, the currents of the oceans are much less severe, but the vast majority of beaches at the east coast is rocky and whereas the beaches of the west side, as I grew up with, have excellent sand.
But there is an aforementioned danger in the West Coast of the oceans. Almost all Danish people grow up with something, you could translate to “General beach advice”
#1 Learn how to swim!
When you are able to swim, you can both save yourself but also others from drowning. If you chose to go in the water, although you can’t swim, you should stick to shallow water where there is less current.
#2 Never go to the beach alone
When you are a group of people, you can watch each other’s backs and react faster if something goes wrong. This makes it more secure for every participating. Please do avoid dangerous games and do never call for help, just for fun.
#3 Learn to read the wind and the water
Use your eyes, and your logical sense of mind before going to the beach. Check the depth of the water and the currents.
Keep an eye out for the wind-directions. If the wind is going outwards towards the seas, you will see both air mattresses and bathing toys will disappear fast. These conditions are also inviting for stinging red jellyfish. If the wind is going inwards towards the beaches, there is a danger for strong and dangerous underlying currents of the water.
#4 Know the beach
A new beach can be full of surprises, that you can not see with the naked eye.
TIP: Ask either locals or a lifeguard if there is something you need to know about the special conditions of this beach before you go swimming.
Is this a beach with fast sailing ferry nearby, that makes big waves? Is it maybe a beach with steep slopes and deep waters? Are there any special conditions that might affect the currents of the water?
#5 Never let your kids out of sight!
Stay really close to kids near the beach. You need to be close enough to both see and hear, and close enough for you to react if it is necessary.
Even bigger kids that might be a great swimmer inside, can easily get into trouble if the encounter dangerous currents. Always keep your eyes and focus on your kids, and make sure you are NOT distracted by anything else.
The 3 best beaches of Denmark
My number one favorite beach
In the city of Blåvand, at the west coast of Denmark, there is a beach call Hvidbjerg Beach. Here is why I consider this beach the best in Denmark, and why this beach is probably the safest beach on the west coast of Denmark.
This Beach might be the best beach in Denmark, but how do you really know? The Beach at Blåvand is 40 km long and well known for its children-friendly sandy beaches. There are no cars on the beach and there is no strong North Sea current.
The water is really shallow, and at some times a day, you can walk for what seems forever, without getting into more than 50 centimeters of water.
The Danish Riviera: Tisvildeleje
Tisvildeleje might be quite expensive for you. While competing with the city of northern Denmark Skagen, as the go-to location for the upper-class youth in Denmark, the beaches are also of really high quality for families. Here you will find an on-duty lifeguard in high-season.
Near Copenhagen: Amager Beach Park
This beach could be really packed, but if you are vacationing in Copenhagen city, this beach is accessible by metro. It is partly artificially crafted to be more kid-friendly with toddler pools and big sand dunes.
The beach safety flags you need to know
At the beaches of Denmark, you will find flags that tell you about safety, pollution or the currents.
The Partly Red and Yellow Flag
This means, that the beach is in good conditions to go swimming, but that you, as always, should remember the general beach advice, mentioned above.
This flag used to be green
On some beaches, you might see a green flag, and if you ever encounter this all-green flag, just remember, that it is just like the new half red, and half yellow flag.
If you are in any doubt, then ask a local lifeguard or the local travel agency.
The Red Flag (All Red)
Red means stop.
The local lifeguards recommends that you do not go swimming at this beach. This could be due to big and dangerous waves, powerful currents or contaminated and polluted water.
The Yellow Flag (All Yellow)
You can go swimming, but you must be extra vigilant.
The lifeguards regularly check the water conditions and may use the yellow flag to warn about hazards. This could be stinging jellyfish, waves, currents or other local conditions that will require you to be extra careful when swimming.
The Blue Flag
What you MUST visit when you are in Denmark with kids
If you are vacationing in the city of Blåvand, or anywhere in Jutland, then you probably have access to a car, either you rented one, or you simply drove to Denmark for your vacation.
When you visit Denmark with kids, there is just simply some places that you can not miss, and some places that are just plain great to visit. One place stands out in particular, because of its origins in Denmark, and this the only place in the world, where you will get this experience as it should be.
NOTE: Be aware that Denmark is not a cheap country -especially traveling with kids-, so it might be a good idea to check prices for the attractions and see if it goes along with your budget.
I wrote an article about this topic that might be help you get a better overview. Check it out by clicking here.
The MUST-visit, Legoland and, the all-new Lego house
In the city of Billund, the biggest airport of Jutland the main headquarters of LEGO resides, which is actually why the airport is there in the first place. I really do expect you to already know about LEGO as a parent researching about Denmark as a family holiday.
In Billund, you will also find, Legoland a LEGO-theme park with fun rides and activities for kids all ages, and I must say, I actually also enjoy it and have fond memories of it as a child. We live about 1-hour drive away from Legoland, and we make sure to go there at least once every year since we’ve got kids.
One thing though, it is quite expensive, and it will be frugal of you to plan ahead, either look for deals through your traveling agency or simply book in advance online at Legoland.dk – sometimes you are able to save about 20% admission fee, by booking and printing the tickets yourself, and its worth it.
All the rides and activities are free in Legoland, and there are benches and parks, where it is completely normal to enjoy a meal you brought.
TIP: If you want to save some money, stay away from the restaurants inside -which are quite expensive- and bring your own food.
Lego house, home of the brick, is a new extra location added in near distance of Legoland, it is a gallery and an Imaginarium, an inspirational place where you go and build LEGO with the kids, so it is not for small toddlers, I would say.
I think there are some deals, out here, where you can stay at a hotel inside Legoland, and get free passes to Legoland, and Legohouse, and you might even also get a free pass to Lalandia a waterpark very near Legoland.
If you travel to Denmark with kids, then you could cut off a day or two in the summer home, to stay at Legoland instead, it will be a sure hit for the kids, and they’ll love building LEGO for quite some time afterward.
Other places you could visit with kids
- Givskud Lion Park
- Tivoly, if you are near Copenhagen
- Kattegat Shark Center, if you are near the north of Jutland
- Danfoss Universe if you are near the south of Jutland
- Djurs Sommerland, if you are near the north of Jutland
- Knuthenborg Safaripark
Does Copenhagen have a beach?
Copenhagen has a beach park, called Amager Beach Park. Amager Beach Park is partly artificially crafted beach, with both kid-friendly toddler pools and big sand dunes
What is the best currency to use in Denmark?
In Denmark, the best currency to use is Danish Kroner, but you can use Euros almost everywhere. It is possible that establishments in Denmark don’t accept cash, and only credit or debit cards, because everyone in Denmark has cards and or mobile payment.
Are credit cards widely accepted in Denmark?
Credit cards are accepted everywhere in Denmark. There is actually a bigger chance, that cash is not accepted. Every citizen in Denmark have digital banking systems, credit cards, and mobile payment methods, and the government is moving away from old-school cash